“As of 3 October 2020
, Cardinal Angelo Becciu
was informed that
Cecilia Marogna was looting, at personal expenses, the money sent to her by the secretariat of state.
He had known about it for months.
He was not at all surprised
by what we said about the woman's behavior.
He was only
name would not come out
, "Because this, he said, would have caused serious damage to him and his family".
Words as heavy as boulders, pronounced today in the courtroom by the commissioner of the Gendarmerie
Stefano De Santis
, a witness for the prosecution in the trial underway in the Vatican on
the management of the funds of the Secretariat of State
De Santis, in his 29th hearing, further clarified what he said yesterday about the meeting he had in the cardinal's home on the evening of October 3 two years ago, together with the commander of the gendarmerie
Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti
, a few days after the dramatic hearing in which
the pope deprived the Sardinian prelate of the rights of the cardinalate and of the office of prefect of the Causes of Saints
In yesterday's hearing, among other things, the defendant Becciu declared that the meeting of 3 October "was not requested by me" and that he himself
he had offered to repay personally
the money used by Cecilia Marogna for purposes other than those for which he had received it;
at this point, again according to Becciu, "I was blocked by the commander and the commissioner of the Gendarmerie".
De Santis' version is different: "Gauzzi had received a text message from the cardinal, he asked me to accompany him to his home" said the commissioner.
“Seeing no sign of surprise from the cardinal, I assumed that the meeting had been arranged and that it was he who had asked for it.
The circumstance of keeping that meeting secret is not the truth.
We have never asked the cardinal not to talk about it, ever, also because in the Vatican such a circumstance would have leaked out very easily anyway.
And I've never heard that it was necessary to preserve Cecilia Marogna because she was in charge of an activity known only to Card.
Becciu and the pope.
No reference was ever made to this, except later, when the cardinal was interrogated by the promoter of justice Milan and by the deputy Diddi”.
Another image of Cardinal Becciu next to the Pope's Almoner, Cardinal Krajewski
Urged in this regard by questions from Attorney General Diddi, De Santis continued his story: “On that occasion we were the ones who spoke about Cecilia Marogna, based on the analysis of current accounts and chats.
And, at that date, the cardinal was well informed that the woman plundered the money sent by the Secretariat of State at personal expense” (these are
wire transfers for 575 thousand euros
De Santis also recalled that Monsignor
, head of the Administrative Office, already went to Becciu two days after his interrogation on April 29, 2020, informing him that the magistrates were investigating Marogna.
was his comment - the Gendarmerie commissioner reiterated - but no one at the time dreamed of investigating Becciu.
Then, that evening of October 3, he didn't ask us what the woman's behavior was.
He was just worried her name wouldn't come up."
Photos from the internal Vatican cameras were also projected in the classroom, showing how on the evening of 17 September 2020
the Palazzo del Sant'Uffizio with a trolley
, where Becciu's apartment is located and where the night.
In the morning - De Santis always reported - Becciu first went out and then the nuns who look after the house;
Marogna remained alone in the house.
After the nuns returned, the woman went out and went to the nearby Banca Intesa branch in Borgo Angelico to
transfer one thousand euros to a personal account
from that of his Slovenian company Logsic, where transfers from the Secretariat of State flowed (the operation, among other things, was immediately reported to the Vatican supervisory authorities as "suspicious").
At lunchtime he returned to the apartment with a tray of pastries and left in a taxi in the afternoon.
The pg Diddi also asked De Santis if he was aware of any
roles of Marogna
- who was
commissioned by Becciu to take an interest in mediation on the occasion of the kidnapping of a Colombian nun in Mali
- in the world of intelligence.
“He had none, in the most absolute way” was the answer.
The building on Sloane Avenue, London
During the hearing, reference was also made to the two proposals or expressions of interest for the purchase of
the Sloane Avenue building in London
, neither of which went through: one advanced by the
Pizzi&Partners group for 300-330 million pounds
, through the former parliamentarian of Forza Italia, and former undersecretary in the Berlusconi government,
Giancarlo Innocenzi Botti
, and the former ambassador in Washington,
- they met the cardinal secretary of state
in the Vatican but in what they reported to him, according to De Santis, "there is nothing true" and behind it there would be the financier
the other one,
, by the Fenton Wheelan group, which for information contacted the former owner of the property, headed by Raffaele Mincione.